Protest march postponed

Organisers of an anti-government protest march have
rescheduled the date of that demonstration due to what they termed “a
deliberate attempt by the UDP government to hide from the cries of the people”.

The event, which had been set for 6 March, has been
pushed back a week to 13 March. Former government Minister Charles Clifford
said the plan is still to gather demonstrators at the George Town cricket pitch on Huldah Avenue at
2.30pm and march to the Glass House (government administration building) to
meet with elected officials at 3.30pm.

Mr. Clifford said the march was originally rescheduled
from 27 February to accommodate people who wished to travel to the Cayman Brac
Agriculture Show.

The Ag Show was then postponed in light of the
funeral this Saturday in Grand Cayman for Captain
Charles Kirkconnell. The government rescheduled the Ag Show in the Brac for 6

Although he said he agreed with the decision to postpone
the show in light of Captain Charles’ funeral service, Mr. Clifford said there
was no reason to reschedule the Ag Show for the same weekend as the march.

“The Ministry is aware that it is usual for many
people from Grand Cayman to go over to Cayman
Brac for the weekend of the Agriculture Show,” Mr. Clifford said in a statement
released Thursday evening. “It seems obvious, therefore, that this is a deliberate
attempt by the UDP (United Democratic Party) government to hide from the cries
of the people, to disrupt the protest and to excuse themselves from meeting the
protestors at the Glass House.”

Earlier this week, Premier McKeeva Bush said he
would not meet with demonstrators because they were not seeking to offer
solutions to the Cayman Islands’ current difficulties.

Mr. Clifford, a former opposition party member, said
he would organise a referendum in attempts to remove the current government
from office if they did not agree to meet with demonstrators.

 “The elected
UDP Government does not have the right to refuse to meet with the people whom
they were elected to represent,” Mr. Clifford said. “If they refuse to meet
with the people, then they do so at their own peril.” 

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